Men's Soccer Travels Wednesday To Face Wisconsin

Kelmend Islami

Oct. 1, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team will wrap-up the non-conference portion of the regular season Wednesday night at Wisconsin to take on the in-state rival Badgers. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.

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Key Storylines
• Marquette (5-2-1), which is coming off back-to-back shutouts with wins over Loyola Chicago and Xavier, is unbeaten in six of its last seven matches. The Golden Eagles have also won five of their last six games, out-scoring their opponents by a combined margin of 12-3 during that stretch.

The Last Meeting
September 26, 2012
Valley Fields
Golden Eagles Top Wisconsin 2-1 in Double-Overtime
Senior forward Andy Huftalin scored the golden goal in the 108th minute, his team-leading fourth goal of the season, to give No. 10/7 Marquette a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Wisconsin Wednesday night in non-conference men's soccer action at Valley Fields.

• Wednesday's showdown against in-state rival Wisconsin (5-2-1) is the final non-conference match of the season for the Golden Eagles. Marquette has an overall record of 13-2-1 in regular-season non-conference matches going back to the start of the 2012 season.

• While Marquette is unbeaten in its last three matches against the Badgers, the squad will be looking for its first win in Madison since the 1999 campaign. Wisconsin is a perfect 2-0-0 on its home pitch this season. Each of the past two meetings between these sides have gone into double overtime.

• Wisconsin looks to get back on the winning track after losing its last two games. The Badgers started the season 5-0-1 but had their five-match winning streak snapped with a 2-0 loss against Gonzaga followed by a 3-1 setback at Penn State in their Big Ten opener last time out.

• Marquette is in the middle of its season-long three-game road swing, which began this past Saturday with a win at Xavier to kick off league play. After Wednesday's contest at Wisconsin, the Golden Eagles will travel next to Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 5. MU will return home to Valley Fields to host Butler in the BIG EAST home opener on Oct. 9. Meanwhile, the Badgers are making a return to their home pitch for the first time since a 3-2 overtime win over DePaul on Sept. 8.

About the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-2-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST)
Louis Bennett is in his eighth year as head coach at Marquette. The Golden Eagles tied a program record for wins in 2012, coming off a 16-4-1 overall mark a season ago that saw MU climb as high as No. 2 in the national polls. MU welcomed a nationally ranked recruiting class in 2013 while returning nine starters and a number of key reserves from last year's squad that earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, the program's first trip to the national tournament since 1997.

• Eight different Marquette players have found the back of the net this season, led by redshirt sophomore C. Nortey's 10 points on a team-best four goals, including a pair of assists. Marquette's 16 goals through eight games ranks 21st in NCAA Division I entering this week and is first in the BIG EAST.

• Freshmen Coco Navarro and Louis Bennett II, son of head coach Louis Bennett, have been key contributors for the Golden Eagles in their respective rookie seasons. Navarro is second on the team in points (9) and his five assists is tied for sixth nationally (T-1st among all NCAA Div. I freshmen). Bennett II is second on the team in goals scored (3) and ranks third on the squad in points (7), followed by freshman left back Jake Taylor (6 points).

Scouting the Wisconsin Badgers (5-2-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
• Wisconsin (along with Marquette) is receiving votes in the national polls under the direction of fourth-year head coach John Trask. Nick Janus (4g) and Tomislav Zadro (2g, 4a) are the offensive leaders with eight points apiece, while 10 other Badgers players have netted goals through the team's first eight matches of 2013. Goalkeeper Casey Beyers has allowed 11 goals for a goals against average of 1.27, including one shutout.

Series History
• Wisconsin holds a 27-14-11 all-time advantage in the series history. Marquette and Wisconsin have met at least once during the regular season every year dating back to the 1964 campaign, MU's first season of men's soccer, making this match-up one of the longest running rivalries in program history.

Marquette's Last Time Out vs. Wisconsin
• Marquette senior Andy Huftalin tallied the golden goal in the 108th minute to lift the Golden Eagles to a 2-1 double-overtime victory over the Badgers at Valley Fields on Sept. 26, 2012 as MU completed the non-conference portion of its regular-season schedule a perfect 9-0-0. Marquette's Sebastian Jansson scored the opening goal in the 37th minute and Wisconsin equalized when a Nick Janus header leveled the match at 1-1 in the 78th minute.




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